Odyssey Analysis - Kaplan 1 Steve Kaplan Prof. Conti ENCC...

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Kaplan 1 Steve Kaplan Prof. Conti ENCC 102 27 February 2008 Literary Analysis of the Odyssey The Odyssey is a celebrated epic filled with many themes, styles, and characters. The Odyssey is supposedly written by Homer but no one knows if that is true or not. The epic poem takes place in three major places. The first major place is Ithaca. This is Odysseus’ hometown that he has not been to in over ten years. Troy is another place that this poem takes place but only in Odysseus’ dreams as he narrates the story of the Trojan War. The last major place that the poem is in is Cyclops’ Island. This is the place where Odysseus and his crew are trapped in the Cyclops lair. The Odyssey is the story of a man named Odysseus. He makes a long journey that starts with him leaving for the Trojan War. He could not have made this long journey without the help of other people. Many people show hospitality to Homer on his journey. When he sets off for war, he has more in mind than to settle the treaty between kings. He is also in search of something more personal. Odysseus is also in search of immortality and the meaning of life. By being great in battle he had hoped to achieve this goal. He wanted to prove to the gods that he was a man above boys so that would be accepted as a god and become immortal. There are a few main characters involved in the Odyssey. The main character is Odysseus. He is an experienced warrior and is marked by perseverance and loyalty. The poem revolves around his journey. Poseidon is the antagonist of the story. He gets mad at Odysseus for blinding his son the Cyclops. He hampers Odysseus journey home. The suitors are another big part of the poem. They are huge in numbers and are all trying to woo Penelope. The main three
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Odyssey Analysis - Kaplan 1 Steve Kaplan Prof. Conti ENCC...

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